I’m thirty-plus years into my publishing industry journey, and words are still music to my ears. Upon completion of an undergraduate degree in mass communication/print journalism, I began my career at the copy desk of a daily newspaper. For the following seven years I was a copy editor for Amusement Business, a Billboard and Hollywood Reporter sister publication.
I’ve spent the past twenty years working in Christian book publishing. Fifteen of them were at Abingdon Press, where I served as copy editor, music contract administrator, and worship resources editor. These progressive positions allowed me to hone skills in fact-checking. copyright/permissions, and project management. Over the years I’ve worked with freelance clients such as Oxford University Press, The Crisis Magazine, Gospel Today Magazine, the Academy of Country Music, and independent authors.
While becoming a published author is perceived as (and is) an accomplishment, I am of most help to authors who view writing as craft. As a writer, musician, and ministry professional, I have developed a consultative editorial style that is a blend of guidance and correction.
Does your project offer a message of hope, positivity, or inspiration? Does it explore themes of perseverance and triumph? Does it offer solutions to real-life issues? I am drawn to such projects. I have a particular interest in projects that address historical and social justice issues. As a woman and member of a marginalized group, I’ve had the pleasure of assisting authors in need of a sensitivity read.
Genres of interest include:
Here are the services I provide:
- Developmental editing
- Sensitivity reading
Think I can help you tell your story? If so, let’s talk.
Years in the field: 34
Years freelancing: 25